Macross Flashback 2012

Macross Flashback 2012 is a 30-minute video which includes 7 minutes of new footage that describes the events after DYRL ends.  The new footage is also consistent with the ending to the TV series.  Essentially, Misa and Hikaru embark on a mission to colonize space, and they bring Minmay along, too, because Minmay wants to go.

Flashback 2012 starts with a blank screen, and we hear Minmay counting "1, 2, 3...", just like we did at the end of DYRL. We then see the same concert that appeared when the DYRL credits rolled.

Like Misa said at the end of the final TV episode, Minmay is a bigger star than ever. She has fancier clothes, a bigger audience, and she's performing at a huge concert hall.

Behind the concert hall is the Macross

The Macross is in the same state as it was at the end of DYRL...

... with its main gun stubs. Here's where DYRL ended.

We now see some music videos:  Sunset Beach, 0-G Love, Shao Pai Long, Silver Moon/Red Moon, Love Passes Away, Cinderella, and Do You Remember Love? (the movie final battle song).  The videos have footage from both the TV series and DYRL.

Hikaru and Minmay in a VF-1D in DYRL

We also see some artwork, like this sketch of Minmay.

Minmay in DYRL when she was trapped in the Macross with Hikaru

Scene from the TV series where Roy saves Minmay's life.

I like this close-up of a playful Minmay in concert.

Close-up of Misa when she was with Hikaru on the old Protoculture city. This close-up totally reminds me of Kira from the movie, "The Dark Crystal", especially since Misa has big ears, just like Kira's.

I'm so glad Yamato made their Macross display stands by using the design of the DYRL valkyrie launch arms!

The music videos sometimes show footage from real wars in the background.

And here's a close-up of the needle of a vinyl record player! Kids these days have never seen one of these!

Another record player needle, a really old one.

After 23 minutes of music videos, we finally get to see the new footage. Here's the concert hall, empty, only with Minmay there.

Minmay is wearing a fancy outfit that makes her look quite mature

Minmay fiddles with the keyboard

Minmay imagines Hikaru giving her a microphone

Minmay also imagines seeing Misa, too

We see Minmay dressed casually and she packs her belongings into a big bag

Minmay slams her hand on the table. This scene is just like the one in the TV series where she argues with her parents. But we never saw her parents on the Macross in DYRL. Are these people her parents?

Ah, now there's a beauty! The VF-4 Lightning III, the successor to the VF-1 valkyrie, which we saw Hikaru playing with in Episode 36.

I wish Yamato would make a toy of it!

Minmay in her make-up room.

Minmay stands next to a big poster of the SDF-1 Macross. See the line at the bottom? "A long time ago ... in a galaxy far, far away..." Hey wait a minute! That's Star Wars!

We learn that Misa's new ship is called the Megaroad-01.

Great scene with Misa wearing a captain's uniform.

Minmay aboard the Megaroad-01.

I was confused by the Megaroad take-off. That's Minmay in the lower-left-hand corner, but she's aboard the ship, right?

Great depiction of Minmay looking up at the stars.

The Megaroad-01 is HUGE compared with the Macross, unless in this shot, the Megaroad is in the foreground and the Macross is in the background.

This shot tells us that Minmay is definitely aboard the Megaroad.

Hikaru's VF-4 alongside the Megaroad's multi-level bridge, which looks similar to the Macross' bridge.

Misa and Hikaru, this time from Misa's viewpoint.

Hikaru gives a thumbs-up to Misa, then turns to look straight ahead.

We see Zentradi cruisers in the background

Minmay bows

Credits roll, and we get a nice closing shot.

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8 responses to “Macross Flashback 2012

  1. Those are some really great screen caps. The animation looks very detailed, much fuller than in the series. I guess for this and DYRL the producers really went all out. Great post.

  2. First of all, I would like to thank you for making this site. It is even better than the official Macross website. Especially the still shot of Hikaru in Flashback….I have always been a little in love with him but seeing him this close has gotten me stirred up again. I even use it as my screensaver and for my mobile!! A thousand thank you is not even enough for all the hard work you put in to this….The only disappointment I truly have about the original cast of Macross is that they disappeared in to the center of the universe. I so love Minmay. Anyhow, thank you again for bring my childhood back to life!!

    p.s. if you can make the still of Hikaru totally full screen without top and bottom borders in black would be absolutely perfect…..infact all of it would be stupendous!!

  3. Oh! I didn’t know that. But I did see a fan made VDO where she attended an convention and sang live Ai Oboeteimaska……It was dreadful!! Totally……So I would prefer to see her in animation and listen to the OST. BTW….just found Macross: Complete OST (3 CDs) and will soon order it….Maybe next month as this month I have already blown of almost USD$300 😦 trying to relive my childhood once again………Ugh!! Anyway….thank you very much for the pic you send me…..can I ask 1 more favor??? The one where Hikaru is in the aircraft after the thumbs up to Misa? Can you get rid of the borders on that one too? Sorry for asking so much.
    Anyway….Thank you for creating this site. You da best!!!

  4. Yamato announced they WILL be making a 1/60th scale perfect transformation toy of the VF-4 Lighting-III. It should be out in late 2012 to coincide with the 30th anniversary (as well as FB 2012).

  5. I think the reason for the two Minmei is a symbolic gesture of her leaving behind her memories.

  6. The original DYRL ending did NOT come with the concert scene. Back in the Summer of 1984, when Macross DYRL was released in theatres in Japan, the production company did not have time to finish the movie with the concert scene, as director Shoji Kawamori originally intended. Therefore, at the end of the movie, the screen turned dark, and the sound of Minmay’s final concert (“Angel’s Paint”) can be heard as the movie credit rolls. In 1987, “Macross Flash Back 2012” was release as a 30-minute “OVA” (original video animation, in other words, direct-to-video.) In this production, Minmay’s costumes, the concert hall, even the storyboard were newly created instead of using the original designs from the movie. After the release of “Flash Back 2012”, new version of the DYRL movie that included the concert scene in the credit roll was released as “Macross Do You Remember Love the Complete Version” (超時空要塞マクロス 愛・おぼえていますか 完全版) in VHS, Laser Disc and DVD. In 2007, when the HD remastered memorial DVD box of DYRL was released, both original and complete versions were included. In July 2012, a newer HD remastered release on Blu-ray Disc “Macross Do You Remember Love Hybrid Pack” (超時空要塞マクロス~愛・おぼえていますか~Hybrid Pack) also include both versions.
    So, the last 7 minutes of “Flash Back 2012” technically cannot be considered “new footage”. Don’t worry, you are not alone. Singer/voice actor Megumi Nakajima (Ranka Lee of Macross Frontier) was also shocked when she was told that the original version of DYRL did not come with the concert scene. Happy 30th Annivesary, Macross!

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